Thursday, December 11, 2014

11/12/2014: Punjab lays out plans to promote fish farming

The Chief Minister of India’s Punjab state, Parkash Singh Badal said on Monday the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance government was putting all its efforts into promoting fish farming in the state. He also said the Blue Revolution could transform the destiny of farmers, the Business Standard reports.
The Chief Minister further said to encourage farming the Punjab government had recently set up a Fisheries Board in the state. He stated that a special emphasis was being laid on arranging training for fish farmers at reputed institutes, both within the country and abroad.

For example, Badal said that while some farmers were sent to Bhubaneswar for training, another delegation of farmers had visited China to acquaint themselves with the techniques of fish farming. 

Badal said the state government was giving a 40 percent subsidy for setting up fish farms in the state. He also said they were giving a 90 percent subsidy to set up 100-acre fish farms in waterlogged areas as a pilot project to promote such projects. 

Currently six villages have been selected under this scheme, of which four were in Sri Muktsar Sahib district and two in Fazilka district. In this way Punjab is leading the country in fresh water fish productivity, he said. 

However, he made the point that fish farmers in China were getting a record production of 32-33 tonnes of fish per hectare, as compared with merely six tonnes per hectare in Punjab. 

There was a lot of room for improvement and the state government would work wholeheartedly towards this objective, he said.

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